Dental implant

Dental Implants in Wheaton!

Dental implants on your mind?  Are you looking for someone that can BOTH place and restore your dental implants?  Dr. Bryan Bauer can replace one missing tooth, or an entire mouth full of teeth, depending on your needs.  Dr. Bauer has a Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry and has a Fellowship from the International Congress of Oral Implantology, so your missing teeth are in good hands.  Often patients are unsure of their options when searching for someone to place a dental implant and perhaps a dental implant is not the best option for you.  Wouldn’t it be great to see someone that can either save your tooth with a root canal or discuss the criteria of a dental bridge vs dental implants with you in the same place that the dental implants will be placed and restored?

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Image of some wheaton dental implantsNatural looking dental implants

How exactly do we place our Wheaton dental implants?

Check out our dental implants video!

Why choose Bauer Smiles for Dental Implants in Wheaton, Il?

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Dental Implants Technology

  • Most modern up to date technology available. Our on-site cone scan, iCat FLX, has the lowest radiation levels available on the market. 
  • CAD surgery with CAM or 3D printed surgical guide. Your dental implant is digitally completed and a custom surgical guide will often be 3D printed in our office.  This eliminates much of the human factor of the surgery and allows the doctor to place your dental implants EXACTLY in the most ideal position possible.
  • Top labs. Who is going to be the person actually making your prosthesis (crown, bridge, or denture)? That person needs to be an artist more than anything.  Dr. Bauer’s work is prominently featured on top high end laboratory tech website LSK as an example to others, as well as in digital esthetics and dental products report. It is not easy for lab techs to make a single front crown “disappear” as seen in the above photo.  It takes excellent communication and skill from both your dentist and the lab tech.


  • Maintenance. Who will be doing your maintenance visits? Have you ever purchased anything that didn’t need maintenance to stay in top form, especially expensive and complicated things?  Most corporate offices do not even offer that sort of thing. If you are seeing two doctors, will both be maintaining it?
  • We stand behind our products. Dr. Bauer owns the office and will be around for a long time to service your expensive prosthesis, should something go wrong in the future. If you go to a corporate center will that employee doctor or doctors still be around to service you? If you go to multiple doctors and something goes wrong whose job is it to fix your problem? How would you have any idea? What if the doctors have a disagreement or falling out? What if one retires?

Value of dental implants

  • Better product.  We use all custom components in your restoration, rather than the stock abutments many places utilize and then “make work”.  We use top labs like LSK mentioned above, therefore your final result is the best it can be.
  • Not having to have two doctors’ offices make a profit on your procedure, or a corporate office have to cover the costs of their expensive marketing and advertising campaigns means you pay less for the same or better product.


  • At Bauer Dentistry you only have to put your trust in one doctor.  Dr. Bryan will likely be practicing in same location for the next 25 years, so you’ll know where to find him if there is an issue. 
  • One doctor and only one office, hence fewer potential miscommunications.  From start to finish you’ll see the same faces in the same location.  Forget running to this office and that.  No having one doctor that hasn’t made something on top of an implant since dental school planning and executing the foundation (implants), while another doctor that knows very little about the technicalities of placing an implant build the teeth on top.
  • Relationship. Most of our patients that we see become more like family then customers. After all, we are a family based dental office. We do not specialize in any one service so that families can come to our office for nearly all the dental health needs.


Looking to have a single dental implant placed?

Dental implant placement is a routine procedure in dentistry today. To check out some of our before and after photographs click the link.

Who should get a dental implant?

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Natural looking dental implant!

Are you missing one or just a few teeth? If you answered yes than a dental implant may be an excellent way to help you regain that natural look and feel to your chewing, speaking, and smile! If you are deciding between a dental bridge and a dental implant we have a few key questions to help guide you that are found here. Call us today for a complimentary consult and Dr. Bauer will speak to you about your concerns and provide you with your options.

Q:What is a dental implant and why should I replace the space?

A: Dental implants are medical devices that replace the root portion of missing teeth. A dental implant is a titanium “root” or post device that we surgically place into solid bone and then later we place a crown on top of. We have also attached the video above that answers this question.

Q: What is the success rate of a dental implant?

A: Quality and quantity of the bone available at the site and the patient’s oral hygiene determine the success rate. The consensus is that implants carry a success rate of 85-95%.

Q: What is the cost of a dental implant?

A: The cost varies and depends on many factors, but the simplest most basic will run about $2400 in 2019. If you have dental insurance it will cover some portion of that, but do not expect your dental insurance to cover all of it as it likely caps out at around $1,000 to $2,000. Furthermore, remember that the dental implant is often only part of the treatment as something must go on top of the implant. The most common situation we see is a single tooth that receives a single dental implant and a single dental crown. The cost for that situation is between $4,000 and $5,000 without dental insurance.

Q: Can I finance my dental implant treatment?

YES! You can finance the whole process through our financing company Lending Club. You can find out your payment options by clicking on the secure Lending Club link and filling out the information. This process will not impact your credit score as it is a soft pull.


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Why a dental implant over a traditional dental bridge?

There are many reasons why one would choose a dental implant over more traditional option, such as a dental bridge.

  1. First of all, you do not have to cut other teeth down to replace a space.
  2. A dental implant looks and feels like your natural tooth, but does not decay!
  3. If you lose other teeth in the future we can reuse the implant to support a bridge or denture.

How exactly do we place your dental implant?

We utilize the best technology available to aid us in ensuring that your dental implant placement is as precise as possible. The steps that we use to place an implant are below but you can also watch the video to see the steps as well.

Dental implant steps

  1. The implant consultation consists of an examination a 3D x-ray and a digital impression of your existing teeth and or gums.
  2. This same visit we will go over all the options and the cost of the different options.
  3. Next we do your surgery digitally utilizing the 3D x-ray and the digital impression. This information gets stitched together in our software so we know both what is inside and outside.
  4. The next step is optional. We often will then print a surgical guide that ensures your dental implant goes exactly where we planned for it to go in the software. There are some technical issues that do not always make a surgical guide better or easier, so we do always utilize one.
  5. Now we are ready for the surgery day. We usually schedule 1-2 hours and have you come and place the dental implant.
  6. Depending on where the dental implant is and how much bone you have it will heal for 3-4 months. You may have some type of temporary on the tooth or wear a removable temporary flipper during this healing.
  7. Next we have you return and take an impression of the area so a crown can be made.
  8. About 3 weeks later you return and get your crown! To see what that may look like when done click on our high resolution implant photographs.


Check out our dental implant video!

Basic procedure

In its most basic form the placement of an implant requires a preparation into the bone using precision drills. After a few months the bone has grow around and into the dental implant. At that point the implant will receive it’s crown. We often place an immediate temporary tooth for any front tooth getting an implant. To anchor the implant to your dental crown we use an abutment, that is in the photo above. The amount of time required to place an implant will vary but is about 1-2 hours.

Surgical planning

Prior to commencement of surgery, careful and detailed planning is required to identify vital structures. We will carefully examine the shape and dimensions of the bone. This allows us to properly orient the implant for the best possible outcome. In the past, two-dimensional radiographs were taken prior to the surgery. Today, we use our iCat CBCT machine to take a 3-dimensional image of the bone. This imaging allows for a muc more accurate treatment plan. We next use a video imaging device to capture the external surface of your teeth and a specialized 3D CAD/CAM computer program to digitally place the dental implant. We also have an in office 3D printer that prints a guide and directs our drills and implant to go exactly where we plan it.

Healing time

The discomfort immediately after an implant is very minimal, but you will be receive prescription pain medication just in case. Since over the counter ibuprofen is often enough for pain management, prescription medication use is rare. In general, after the implant surgery we allow 2–6 months for healing before any restorations are placed.